In 2012, a 68-year-old school bus monitor in western New York was humiliated to tears by a couple of students. One boy captured the incident on his cellphone. It showed another boy touching her ear and poking at the back of her arm with a book, calling it “flab” and calling her fat.
The video worsens over another 8 minutes.
Miss Cynthia watched the video in shock and disbelief, leaving her disappointed and sad. It was hard to believe that a couple of young boys could make such a bad decision.
She uttered one sentence, “Someone has got to teach manners to these children. I guess it will be me.”
With great expectations, Miss Cynthia purchased The Refinement Studio LLC from her sister, Miss Maudie Vee, who had been assisting children and adults in developing social skills in Raleigh, North Carolina. Miss Cynthia aspired to bring that same positive, encouraging environment to New York.
She is reviving:
- Extending common courtesies
- Thinking before we speak
- Considering the feeling of others
- Showing respect
All for the purpose of preparing our next generation of leaders!
Miss Cynthia is a Certified International Youth Etiquette Consultant, trained in London and certified through the prestigious International Etiquette and Protocol Academy of London. She is equipped to provide instruction in American and European etiquette, including culture, dining, and dress.